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10 Unusual (and Easy) Ways to Upgrade Your Home Decor
From new cabinets in the kitchen to a better carpet in the dining room, every homeowner longs to redo some portion of their house. But life (and your bank account) tends to get in the way, so you just let that rug lie and you move on.
But instead of trying to rehab a room in a big way, employing small, offbeat tweaks might be your best bet. A quick splash of paint, a new fabric, or simply shifting that big couch from one wall to another might be all you need to achieve a fresh, fun look.
Just be sure to go beyond swapping out throw pillows (it’s a ho-hum move) and consider something more unusual with your home decor. To help, we polled the pros to come up with 10 upgrades that’ll wow your family and friends.
Who says your closet door color has to match the trim? Most homeowners save that bright red or blue for the front door and slap boring beige on the inside, but the experts say painting an interior door is a fast upgrade for any room.
“A shot of color adds freshness and energy to a room, so put it here or try bright paint on the inside of a bookcase,” suggests Michael Boodro, director of editorial and strategic initiatives at Dering Hall.
Other smart spots for a coat of paint include window frames or moldings, or a thin stripe around the edge of a room near the top of the wall (it adds interest and gives the effect of a heightened ceiling).
A kitchen island swathed in white is an expected move, but hanging fabulous wallpaper on the side that faces out is decidedly not. You can also apply a small piece of wallpaper to a dishwasher front by cutting it to size and securing it with four strong magnets.
A new rug is pricey, but adding one on top of the other is simply smart. You’re combining your resources and giving the room a lift, too. Layering smaller rugs over a large sisal or neutral carpet is a favorite decorator trick, notes Boodro.
A funky shower curtain is usually inexpensive, and it’ll keep people talking every time they use your loo. Other bathroom upgrades might include new hardware on the cabinetry (all you need is a screwdriver) or decorating the ceiling.
“Paint or gold or silver leafing is especially dramatic in a small bath or powder room,” says Boodro.
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